Open Standards workshop in Barsakelmes (Kazakhstan)

Barsakelmes Strict Nature Reserve used to be an island in Aral Sea. Since the lake has almost decreased it is no longer an island. Native plant communities disappeared, most of fauna species are under severe thread, IUCN threatened ungulates such as Saiga, Kulan and Goitered Gazelle lost their habitats.

Together with the CADI national project partner ACBK, the administration of Barsakelmes Zapovednik, the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (IFAS), scientists and NGO’s the Michael Succow Foundation conducted a two-day ecosystem diagnostic mission, followed by an intense four-day participatory Open Standards workshop. Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation support protected area managers in systematic planning, implementing and monitoring their conservation efforts and to adapt and improve it systematically.

The workshop layed out a sound and comprehensive basis on the threads, stresses and contributing factors at the conservation targets of the protected area. The workshop participants, facilitated by Michael Succow Foundation, identified strategies to tackle or minimize threads and stresses.

 

IPBES workshop in Astana

Orientation workshop, dedicated to IPBES took place in Astana on 20 September. The event was organized by CADI in order to support international cooperation for nature conservation in Central Asia. Major goal of the workshop was the introduction to the structure and processes of IPBES (Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services). The presentations from Axel Paulsch from the Institute for Biodiversity-Network (Germany) provoked hot discussions. It became clear, that joining Central Asian countries to the platform would allow experts from the relevant governmental agencies, scientific institutions and NGO’s to increase their capacity as well as influence international agenda with the consideration of regional priorities. Decision-makers from the governmental agencies, as well as representatives of scientific, non-governmental and International Organizations from Kazakhstan took part at the event.

IPBES workshop in Tashkent

IPBES workshop took place in Tashkent on 18 September. The event was organized by CADI in order to support international cooperation for nature conservation in Central Asia. Major goal of the workshop was the introduction to the structure and processes of IPBES (Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services). Joining Central Asian countries to the platform would allow experts from the relevant governmental agencies, scientific institutions and NGO’s to increase their capacity as well as influence international agenda with the consideration of regional priorities. Decision-makers from the governmental agencies, as well as representatives of scientific, non-governmental and International Organizations from Uzbekistan and Tajikistan took part at the event.

Desert hero was awarded the “Dustlik” order of Uzbekistan

The hero of the project “Defeating the desert” of “gazeta.uz”, Nomos Dzhumaev, was awarded the “Dustlik” order on behalf of the president of the Republic of Uzbekistan. The photo, video and audio report was initiated by CADI.

Nomos Dzhumaev, a farmer in the Surchandarya desert in Uzbekistan, took up the fight against the degradation and erosion processes of the desert forests under current land management and its accompanying lost of species. Together with his family he planted 15 thousand saxaul saplings in the desert, turning lifeless sands into a forest with a size of 50 hectares. This is the territory of 35 football fields.

Hereby, he managed to proof that a careful pasture management adapted to the desert ecosystem can provide sustainable livelihoods and ecosystem preservation at the same time.

The Aral ghost

In the course of CADI project an impressive photo, video and audio report on one of the most mysterious places in Uzbekistan was developed: the ghost town Aralsk-7. The now completely abandoned village was located on the island of Vozrozhdenie in the Aral Sea. Due to the dramatic decrease of the Aral Sea, the island is now part of the mainland.

Journalist: Nikita Makarenko, Photographer: Elyor Nematov

Report (in Russian)

Official CADI start in Turkmenistan!

The project agreement for the implementation of CADI in Turkmenistan has been signed on 20 August between the State Committee of Turkmenistan for Environmental Protection and Land Resources and the Michael Succow Foundation. The signing was preceded by about 1.5 years of preparatory work.

The agreement represents the latest step in the long-standing, fruitful cooperation between the two partners on a range of projects on nature conservation and resource management in Turkmenistan under a Memorandum of Understanding.

CADI intends to implement a broad work package that aims to preserve the biodiversity and ecosystem services of cold winter deserts in Turkmenistan. One of the main tasks is to prepare a nomination document for the inscription of the protected areas Repetek and Bereketli Garagum into the list of World Natural Heritage sites. In addition, within CADI scientific-technical justifications for the establishment, extension or IUCN status adjustment of a protected area in Turkmenistan will be prepared.

The activities in Turkmenistan are jointly implemented by the National Institute of Deserts, Flora and Fauna (NIDFF) in Ashgabat and the Michael Succow Foundation.

CADI on air

In the radio programme “Living planet” of Kazakh radio channel “Astana”, Mark Pestov reports on CADI implementation in Kazakhstan, especially with view to conservation efforts in South Ustyurt:

Broadcast (in Russian)

New desert protected area in Kazakhstan

On 14 August, the government of Atyrau region (Kazakhstan) finally decided to establish a new desert protected area. The decision was preceded by intensive scientific preliminary studies by the ACBK within the framework of CADI. The protected area shall have the status as regional nature park and will be located in Zhyloi district.

The ACBK has been requested to elaborate a scientific justification for the protected area which will be implemented within CADI.

Further information

CADI at IUCN workshop “Priority Sites for World Heritage Nomination in Central Asia”

At the consultation workshop of IUCN “Priority Sites for World Heritage Nomination in Central Asia” (19-20 June 2018 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan) the CADI partner Michael Succow Foundation contributed with its latest findings on potential sites of temperate deserts for future World Natural Heritage Sites in Central Asia. Leading experts from all of the Central Asian countries contributed with the latest and up to date information on the status of the exitisting World Heritage Sites in the respective countries, those currently at the tentative list as well as those to be designated in the future.

The temperate deserts are the only biome worldwide for which the UNESCO World Heritage Commission has not yet inscribed a World Heritage Site. Therefore, CADI project intends to prepare a nomination for an area of the temperate deserts as UNESCO World Heritage Site (Natural/Cultural).

1st CADI Steering Committee meeting in Tashkent

On 7 June, the 1st CADI Steering Committee meeting was held in the FAO office in Tashkent (Uzbekistan). The meeting was attended by representatives of all implementing partners as well as of national partners from Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The agenda included reports and discussions on the implementation of CADI activities in the target countries in 2017/2018. Furthermore, the meeting allowed for in-depth exchange on various options for the establishment of a regional CADI secretariat, effective knowledge management and the development of strategies to mitigate risks to the project. The next CADI Steering Committee meeting is scheduled for 2019 in Astana (Kazakhstan).

Agenda (English, Russian)